Minimum wage rule fails to defend woman employees from exploitation

Minimum wage rule fails to defend woman employees from exploitation

BIRGUNJ: Although the government has constant a minimal wage, woman employees in the agricultural region face extreme labour exploitation.

Cases of woman labour exploitation can be witnessed round rural areas neighbouring the country’s alternate hub, Birgunj.

The authorities has mandated a minimum wage of Rs 395 per day. However, females toiling in the paddy fields in Parsa and surrounding areas are sure to work for either 5 kgs of paddy or Rs 100.

After a day’s work in the paddy fields, landlords both give us 5 kgs of paddy or Rs 100, as per their discretion, a worker, Sabila Khatun informed.

On the other hand, authorities responsible for implementation of minimum wage and monitoring have became a blind eye to the issues.

Moreover, the government has set up a Regional Labour Office in Birgunj to deal with problems bobbing up in the sector. However, the officers at the workplace are quick to take delivery of failure in monitoring the situation.

Majority of employees in the fields are women as the male people deny working at decrease wages, nearby Harey Krishna Yadav said. Moreover, it is an historic norm to provide 5 kgs of paddy in wages, he added.

When wondered on the exploitations confronted through ladies working in fields, Chief at District labour Office, Radhe Shyam Jha stated that the office was once unable to take moves except a written comp[laint was lodged through the workers.

Lack of manpower has hindered the office from carrying out advantageous monitoring on the implementation of minimal wage rule, Jha added.

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